No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road due to battery failure. A towing service may be costly and it’s wasted time that you cannot get back. Avoid future breakdowns by seeking seasonal maintenance on both your battery and the rest of your 4×4. As temperatures rise here in Littleton, Colorado, your battery takes a hit given the amount of drain forced upon it in the winter months. Now is the time to pay attention to your battery to ensure that it will always keep you safe on the road through all of your journeys. The following tips are essential to prolonging the life of your battery. Given that the average lifespan of a battery is 3 – 5 years, getting the most you can out of it is both essential and cost-effective.
Clean all connections – Seasonal battery cleaning helps to remove any build up of corrosion that accumulated over months of use in lower temperatures. Build up of corrosion around the battery’s connectors can disconnect the battery’s power supply, causing a random lack of power or a sudden burst. Check the tightness of all terminals to gives yourself the piece of mind that there are no leaks to damage both the battery and the engine.
Disconnect the battery when possible – When a battery remains idle for too long, the charge will suffer dramatically. Worse still, it may damage the responsiveness of the alternator, causing an unreliable start-up. If you plan to be unable to drive for over two weeks, disconnecting the battery is highly recommended to prolong its life. This will keep the electronic demand low – a usual culprit for draining battery life. Upon your return to regular driving, reconnect the battery properly to be back in action.
Avoid frequent, short trips – The alternator recharges the battery while your vehicle is being driven, but the battery’s charge suffers greatly when the vehicle is making short, frequent trips. 4x4s are like no other type of vehicle. Opening them up on the road in the name of recharging the battery is a small price to pay. Just twenty minutes of consecutive driving per week is enough to let the alternator do its work and recharge the battery as the car is being driven.
To get the most out of your 4×4’s battery, seasonal routine maintenance is required. When you bring your car in to All American 4×4 for that maintenance appointment, do mention any battery concerns and we will do a diagnostic straight away. We are happy to ensure that your 4×4 is operating at optimal standards across the board. Contact All American 4×4 today and schedule your spring maintenance appointment. Don’t wait until a major issue comes to light. Preventative maintenance safes money in the long run and may help you avoid major repairs down the road. Our 4×4 diagnostics test will point out any problems within your vehicle. Our skilled technicians are ready to offer repair options with your budget in mind. Allow the experts at All American 4×4 extend the life of your battery and ensure that your 4×4 is safe and ready to take to the road this spring.